Dali is rich in culture and history and an ideal destination for those who delight in foods, sunshine and natural scenery. On this private tour of Dali, ethnic culture beckons, whether for a gathering at Xizhou morning market, admiring traditional Bai residential houses and Three Pagodas, or a tie-dyeing class at a Zhoucheng local family. Relax completely at Dali Ancient Town and around Erhai Lake. ETC’s trip to Dali shows you this ancient city at its most alive and accessible.

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Make your way to Dali by flight or high speed rail. Be met and greeted by your Easy Tour China guide, then transfer with a private vehicle to your hotel. For the rest of the day, you may explore the city on your own pace, to find the local foods, restaurant and experience the night life in Dali Old Town.

After Breakfast, transfer to visit the Morning Market at Xizhou Town, at its peak time, when the locals, in traditional clothes, are busy with their business, selling all kinds of foods and foods. It is a great place for you to know more about Bai ethnic culture and get close to their life style. Next spot is the hometown of Tie-dyeing art – Zhongcheng Village, situated at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, 30km north of Butterfly Spring, Dali. It is the largest Bai Minority village in Yunnan. 7,571 inhabitants from 1,470 families living harmoniously in the square shape town with row upon row of houses. You will observe and learn the process of tie-dyeing in local family.

After that, transfer to visit the Bai people's Residential Houses at Xizhou Town, the typical town with Bai's characters. The houses here are decorated with woodcarvings, colored patterns, marbles and wash drawings, which represents the masterpieces of Bai's architecture. The last spot is Erhai Lake, with an altitude of 1972 meters above sea level, Erhai Lake is a beautiful highland lake of Yunnan Province and one of the seven largest fresh water lakes in China. As it shapes like an ear, and wave like a sea, the locals named it 'Erhai' - Ear Sea in Chinese language.


  • Boating at Erhai Lake – There are long-route cruise ship and short-route cruise ship options, serving in different routes. The cruise itinerary may be adjusted according to season, weather and number of travelers.

Meal: B, L

Xizhou Morning Market

This morning, led by your local guide to explore Dali Old Town, located between Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain, Dali old town is 13 km away from Xiaguan, the new urban area. Right here traveleres can experience the relaxing atmosphere and laid-back pace of life. After that, transfer to visit next spot - Three Pagodas, a couple of kilometers northwest of Dali old town, the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple are the oldest standing structures in Yunnan, which has become the emblem of Dali. The tallest of the three, Qianxun Pagoda, has 16 tiers that reach a height of 69.13 meters. It was first built in the period 824 - 839 in the Tang Dynasty. It is flanked by two smaller 10-tierd pagodas, which are 42.19 meters each.

According to your flight or rail schedule, transfer to airport /railway station on time and move to your next destination. Your 3-day Dali highlight tour ends.

Meal: B, L

Dali Old Town

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    We hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our city tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

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